Russia Out, Iran In… Iran deploys elite ‘commandos’ to Syria

Iran has deployed a contingent of special forces “commandos” to Syria, according to a senior Iranian military commander.

Speaking to Iran’s official Tasnim News Agency, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force for Coordination Brigadier General Ali Arasteh said Tehran had dispatched a group of military “advisers” from the army’s elite 65th Brigade.

Iran is the main backer of embattled Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, and has already invested heavily in the Syrian civil war, including providing arms and training to the Syrian army and a range of loyalist militias; recruiting Shia jihadist fighters from Hezbollah, surrounding Arab countries and as far as Afghanistan; as well as by sending hundreds of Iranian fighters.

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